Yesterday was Bentley’s last day. He was Candy’s Newfoundland and a gentler giant I have never seen. He was kind to smaller dogs and cats and loved all animals equally. His greatest fault was that love – he would find baby birds that had fallen from the nest and would love them to death.
Bentley was old for a “Newfie;” his heart was damaged and his hips were starting to give out. Candy and Wayne decided that it was time for him to go, as he was beginning to suffer. Wayne took him for one last walk in the grove he loved so much and laid him to rest in a soft grave.
My sweet Goldie was Candy’s Golden Retriever; she raised her from puppy-hood. Nearly two years ago Candy gave her to me, as Bentley, sweet as he was, thought Goldie was his toy. Candy and Wayne were afraid that Bentley would hurt her already sensitive hips and back with his play.
I got Goldie as a retirement gift; she was the big dog I have always wanted. Goldie had no faults and was the best dog I have ever had. She was as close to perfect as a dog can be. Candy and Wayne had trained her very well!
A few weeks ago Goldie developed a hot spot on her head. This grew to more infected hot spots on her head and one close to her eye. At the same time her foot became swollen and was very painful. I took her to the Vet, knowing that we could not afford a major dose of medication for her. The Vet gave us a break on the price of steroids and antibiotics but warned that if the problem came back that it was not just a case of allergies but the signs that her body was starting to break down. Despite the medication I was giving her, she began to show signs of that dreaded break down this last week.
Tonight was the night that we chose to let her go. Norm took some meat scraps for her to enjoy on her last walk and then he laid her down for her final sleep.
Both sweet dogs will be missed dreadfully. Nothing will fill the hole in our hearts for these gentle friends but we know they are waiting for us to join them when we pass over.
Rest in peace, dear friends.